This month marks one year since the passage of Issue 6 -- the combined bond issue and operating levy that has allowed Grandview Heights Schools to maintain its current programming and operations and enabled the district to implement the Facilities Master Plan.

The plan includes a comprehensive renovation of Grandview Heights High School, a rebuild of Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School, and safety, security and ADA upgrades at all of our school buildings.

Thank you again to our community for your support in making this possible.

We are pleased to report that we have just completed the design phase of the project. During the design phase, the district's architects facilitated workshops and meetings with staff, community members and students on the design of our new and upgraded school facilities.

The district created multiple committees to review and provide feedback to the process and hosted community meetings so all stakeholders were actively engaged from start to finish. With your feedback, we were able to design buildings that will prepare our students for today's modern world.

Soon we will begin moving dirt and preparing the site for construction.

In January, residents can expect to see large equipment and fencing appear around the schools, as well as modified traffic patterns and changes in access to sidewalks and parking lots.

Anyone who's built or renovated a home knows that it can sometimes be disruptive to daily routines. Our goal is to work with our families, staff and community to make sure this process goes as smoothly and safely as possible. We will communicate these details with you as they begin to happen so you can plan your day around them.

For the latest information on the Facilities Master Plan, visit the district's website, ghschools.org, and click on the "Facilities Planning" tab.

The district will post video updates and monthly drone flights so all residents can follow the construction progress.

We also are in the process of organizing an official groundbreaking in January. We hope you will join us for this celebratory event. Details will be shared with you soon.

We remain committed to our goal of completing the project on time and on budget. The plan is to complete all ADA and safety upgrades by summer 2022 and have students attend school in the new 4-8 building and renovated high school by winter 2023.

It's an exciting time to be a Bobcat. We are humbled and grateful to the community for their support of our schools. We look forward to providing modern, efficient and safe schools for our students for generations to come.

Andy Culp is superintendent of Grandview Heights Schools.